Recognizing the unrealistic expectations around failure was a challenge for graduate students in her college, Tracy organized the first ever CANR Rising event last year, where leaders in the institution and college vulnerably shared their lived experiences of overcoming failure. She continued this work this year and had a second CANR Rising event scheduled, which she had to cancel due to COVID-19.
"[CANR Rising] mapped onto change oriented work in the CANR, because it allowed for open, authentic and vulnerable dialogue between multiple layers of power. It created a space of equality and support. People really reached out and said they were changed by it, and we have been asked to do it again, other students have asked to do it in their colleges, I’ve been asked to present it at 2 national conferences." -Tracy Melvin